This is the beginning of a study of Psalm 1. I am starting here because I believe Psalm 1 is a launching point in truly beginning our serious walk with Almighty GOD – our Abba Father, our LORD Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Psalm 1 is also the first part of Holy Scripture I say in my daily self instruction that I call my Daily Recitation. The directions of Psalm 1 are simple, straight forward, and to the point; there is no “wiggle room” and no “short cut” to the blessings promised in Psalm 1, or in the rest of Holy Scripture. With such simplicity also comes the responsibility to understand the truth and depth of the meaning of Holy Scripture and the impact it can have on each of us. Understanding this can create within us a great desire to fulfill this Holy Scripture in our lives, thereby causing us to more accurately reflect the Kingdom Of GOD the way we are created to.
Psalm 1:1-6 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.i
We will start off looking at what it means to be “Blessed”.
From H833; happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy!: – blessed, happy.
Total KJV occurrences: 45ii
(1) All but 4 of the 44 biblical occurrences of this noun are in poetical passages, with 26 occurrences in the Psalms and 8 in Proverbs. (2) Basically this word connotes the state of “prosperity” or “happiness” that comes when a superior bestows his favor (blessing) on one. (2a) In most passages, the one bestowing favor is God Himself. : “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD” (Deut 33:29) (2b) The state that the blessed one enjoys does not always appear to be “happy”: “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: for he maketh sure, and girdeth up . . .” (Job 5:17-18). Eliphaz was not describing Job’s condition as a happy one; it was “blessed,” however, inasmuch as God was concerned about him. Because it was a blessed state and the outcome would be good, Job was expected to laugh at his adversity (Job 5:22) (3) God is not always the one who makes one “blessed.” At least, the Queen of Sheba flatteringly told Solomon that this was the case (1 Kings 10:8). (4) One’s status before God (being “blessed”) is not always expressed in terms of the individual or social conditions that bring what moderns normally consider to be “happiness” (5) So although it is appropriate to render esher as “blessed,” the rendering of “happiness” does not always convey its emphasis to modern readers.iii
BLESS’ED, pp. Made happy or prosperous; extolled; pronounced happy.iv
BLESS’ED, a. Happy; prosperous in worldly affairs; enjoying spiritual happiness and the favor of God; enjoying heavenly felicity.v
In my understanding, “blessed” is the state of prosperity and happiness that one experiences when one is the recipient of favor shown by a superior, or Almighty GOD–The Ultimate Superior. Though, I believe it should be stated that someone in an inferior position could also bless someone in an inferior position, however, blessed in this passage of Holy Scripture indeed refers to being blessed by Almighty GOD. While you may not always appear to be “happy” or even in good circumstances, you are blessed because of your relationship with Almighty GOD, our Abba Father, and you understand He IS always with you, and that He IS your Shepherd leading you in His Path of Righteousness for His Name’s sake. He is leading you in growth and maturity to become evermore like our Perfect Holy Example our LORD Jesus Christ, and often doing so by His Holy Spirit; just as He led our LORD Jesus Christ while LORD Jesus lived in the flesh upon this earth.
Our being “blessed” does not depend upon our circumstances, but upon our understanding of the LOVE of Almighty GOD, our Abba Father, towards us. We understand He IS always with us, and will never leave us or forsake us. In our patient, faithful, and loving obedience to follow, we will receive the promises He has made to us, for all His Promises are “yes” and “amen” in Christ Jesus our LORD. In following the leading of Holy Spirit we are working out our salvation in fear (extreme awe and respect for His Divine Holiness and LOVE toward us) and trembling (to understand the Power of Almighty GOD to judge us and righteously do away with us, yet to love us so profoundly as to provide for our salvation so that He may have relationship with us, the spirit, soul, and body cannot help but tremble and quiver), having received the WORD and Promises of Abba Father, and are now on our journey to develop the necessary character to support such immense blessing without it crushing us to dust. Thus, we will be graced to bring such blessing to others by our example leading them to pursue the LORD GOD Almighty.
The blessings of Almighty GOD come from within His Kingdom, where He IS KING; where He rules and reigns in Ultimate Supremacy. Our LORD Jesus Christ asked His original disciples, “Know ye not that the Kingdom Of GOD is within you?” The rule and reign of Almighty GOD starts within the yielded, born again spirit of whosoever will believe upon the LORD Jesus Christ and His work of redemption for us. For whosoever will confess with his mouth the LORD Jesus, and believe in his heart that GOD raised Him from the dead shall be saved.
As with our salvation, which we are to work out with fear and trembling, so also the Kingdom Of GOD flows from within to without. The Seed of our LORD Jesus Christ is planted in our spirit, giving way to the Rule of our KING. As we continue to plant the Seed of the WORD Of GOD in our hearts, continually seeking the help of Holy Spirit to live accordingly the Kingdom (rule and reign) of GOD will expand from spirit to soul to body, ultimately displaying itself in our lives and blessing those we encounter each day. The more lovingly yielded and obedient we are to our LORD, Who gave His very Life for us, the more His Kingdom spreads within us, and spreads into our lives as we live them. Thus, we are truly blessed.
iKing James Version Bible (also know as the Authorized Version), 1769. Bold emphasis added.
iiStrong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Published by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D. Published in 1890, public domain.
iiiThe New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible, Red-Letter Edition, James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., Dictionaries include contributions by John R. Kohlenberger, III.
ivNoah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the American English.
vNoah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the American English.